Archive for April, 2012

Am I being groomed?

Sometimes I wonder if our pets are grooming us for a life with kids. I know you are a parent so you’ll be able to tell me. Let’s put it in bullet form for you:

  • Dog whines at 3:00 am because she’s thirsty or wants to go out for a pee
  • Cat pukes in bedroom at 5:00 am
  • Dog is hungry but will not eat until we find her little green ball.
  • No, not that little green ball, the *other* little green ball that looks *exactly* like the little green ball that you found
  • Little green ball lands next to the cat so the dog stares at the ball for cat to throw it
  • Cat ignores dog request
  • Dog has a bark fit because cat is ignoring her
  • Cat ignores dog request
  • Dog nibbles on cat because cat is ignoring her
  • Cat cries and hides in the tub
  • Cat is hungry but won’t eat the food that is in his dish so he steals food from the dog
  • Dog barks at cat for stealing
  • Cat cries and hides in the tub
  • Dog follows me into the washroom; otherwise, she’ll cry at the door
  • When dog is sick she looks super small, doesn’t eat, and whines, but can’t tell me what’s wrong so I feel helpless
  • Dog looks super sad when I leave
  • Cat and dog come to the door when I come back home and they are super happy to see me
  • I step on cat puke
  • I step on dog toy
  • Cat and dog stare at me when I’m talking to them and then they go and do exactly the opposite of what I said!

What’s your verdict? Being groomed or not?



Just one hat

It has been a month since I removed my IT hat so I now fill my days playing with children. Not bad, eh?

The immediate effects of leaving my IT family are:

  • I am not getting any new material for “Funny IT Solutions” but I’m sure I can dig in my memory for more
  • I am sleeping more
  • I am walking my dog in the mornings
  • I find myself more relaxed
  • In other words: I am happier!

Things I will not miss from my previous IT life:

  • Driving in the dark
  • Driving in bad weather conditions
  • Driving 2 hours outside the city to troubleshoot something
  • Dealing with stressed out people that blame me for their computer problems
  • Not sleeping
  • Dealing with ridiculous complaints and computer “issues”
  • Being tired all the time

But after 3 years of dealing with clients, asking them over and over again “did you try restarting your computer?”, showing them how to turn a computer on, and “fixing their Google”, I got an unexpected note from an unexpected source (let’s call him Mr. J). It made me smile and it made me sad at the same time… I have decided to share the note with you:

I was sad to hear you will no longer be with […].  We at […], and especially me, really liked working with you.  I know that I was not easy to deal with at times, and I apologize. You were always a light in our dark place here.

Your […] automated reply said you were going to work with children – weren’t we childish enough for you?  I know we are like babies when it comes to servers, etc.

I hope that you find exactly what you want in future.  I believe you can succeed at anything you try.

God bless

Mr. J

It is true that sometimes Mr. J exasperated me, but it is also true that he was one of the very few clients that never, EVER, raised his voice, swore, or blamed me for something not working. He is a kind man, and people in IT should appreciate more the Mr. Js in their client base.

I will miss Mr. J very much.

Now I let you go because I need to go play with a kid. I’ll write some more one of these days . Until then:

Happy Ramblings!

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